Headache. Three days straight. It’s the result of sleeping no more than two hours at a time for the past couple of days. For some reason, Esther kept waking up three or four times during the night for days! Was she hungry? Was it the diaper? Teething? Or it might be the new mattress.
Fortunately, I woke up on Sunday morning, feeling better. Esther only woke up twice last night. I could sleep five hours at a time, and my headache was almost gone. It was a sunny day. Inspired by some photos of nature on Instagram, I said to my husband, let’s go hiking today! We could watch church on our phone in the car.
Since the Swiss government has loosened up the restriction regarding the pandemic recently, we took advantage of it with precaution. Hand sanitizer, facial masks (just in case), water, food, diapers, and wipes; our bag was fully packed. And off we went.
We are blessed to live in a country whose beauty is boundless, especially in this season. Dent de Vaulion, the mountain peak of the Swiss Jura, is something else to me. It’s one of our favorite hiking destinations. Overlooking the small town Vaulion, the lake of Joux and Mont Blanc, it has the most refreshing view, combining with the best of nature and excellent stewardship of humankind.
There, I thought about God’s creation. This beautiful physical world we are living in is formed with matter which is composed of with atoms. Massive energy is released in an atomic bomb explosion because of the great energy in an atom. However, an atom only came into existence by the word of God because the scripture tells us that God created the world by His word.
On the other hand, the creation of humans, whether it’s creating a computer or a cake, other materials are always required. When God created the world, no physical material was involved but His Word.
I dwelled on this thought for a moment. Worship of God arose inside of me. All of a sudden, the challenges in my life faded into insignificance.
God’s word is power. The power, in other words, the energy in God’s word, is as real as the energy we get from food, which our body needs. Our soul and spirit also need the life-giving and transforming power of the word of God. We receive it by believing it.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 )
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. (Psalm 23:1,2)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 )
In the face of various challenges in the pandemic aftermath, what could happen if we read these words, believe them to be true, and reimagine our life accordingly?
The truth is, with or without a pandemic, belief in Christ or not, life is guaranteed with losses, sufferings, and difficulties at some point in the journey, no matter who you are. It is guaranteed with not only the magnificent mountaintop views but also the deep valley darkness. Don’t feel bad about yourself when you see those picture-perfect Instagram posts because it’s not telling the full story.
Nevertheless, the good news is that something else is also guaranteed: the power of the word of God. It’s something we can hold onto and receive life from even when we walk in the valley of the shadow of death.
As you could relate, the sleep-deprived nights, along with many other challenges in our life in this season, surely felt like walking through valleys. However, the Jura mountain top moment was gifted to remind me what treasure I already have. It’s the real power of God’s words, the promises in Christ, the abundant life I will never fail to live. My friend, it’s for you too!